It’s Thoughtful Thursday “Dear Miss Kline”

Happy Thursday or whatever day you happen to be reading this 🙂

I was recently reminded by a dear friend how important and how much joy the concept of Thoughtful Thursday brings to alot of people.

I had let it go for a bit due to well… life in general, moving etc but it is back 🙂

It started because I love real mail (snail mail) and on Thursdays and other days of the week I try to write out a short note and mail it to friends and family who have been on my  mind.

It is freeing to send it off, not knowing when it will get there and if I will get a response.

No waiting by the computer for an answer looking at my phone and fretting that someone didn’t respond.

Sometimes I hear back, sometimes I don’t.  It is all good and the gift to me is knowing I reached out in a special way to connect with someone I care about and love.

There are other ways to express thoughtfulness and I am not discounting the value of a well timed text, email or phone call.

Still there is something special about a piece of real mail.  It can be touched, reread and saved.

In case you need a little something more to confirm this let me share a letter my mother received when she was about to graduate from nursing school in 1947.  I have a faint memory of this letter that was kept in a cedar chest.  I asked her about it when I was 12 and she just said it was a sad time and quickly folded it back up into its envelope and secured it in the cedar chest.

She kept this letter until she died in 2022.  She kept it for 75 years.  She treasured it even though it was a painful time.

Here it is:

6-19-47

Dear Miss Kline,

Mrs. Snyder and I wish to thank you, and express our sincere appreciation for the many things you did both in and out of your line of duty to make Ronald’s illness more bearable and brighter.

The love and confidence he had in you in his last moments on earth will always be a beautiful memory of our Dear Boy, who went bravely and a lovely girl who stood by him to the very end.

Loveling yours,

Mr. and Mrs. Snyder

Two sentences.  Two.  That is all it took to send some love and appreciation to my Mom who at age 20 had helped a 13 year old boy and his family.

This letter is now securely in a scrapbook to be read by future generations.

I challenge you to go make someone’s day and send them a little love in the mail.  Doesn’t matter if your handwriting stinks or even if you do it on your computer and print it out …just be sure and sign it with a pen.  You will bring a smile and  a much needed hug via the mail box and perhaps your words will be treasured for over 75 yrs.  You just never know 🙂

Now go make it a thoughtful one!  🙂

Jennifer

P.S. You too can get this right into to you inbox almost every Tuesday (a day earlier than everyone else!)  Just fill out the very annoying pop up in this post!  Most of the time you will get two posts!

All grammatical and spelling errors are my gift to you and may you have a magical day or several 🙂

I was recently published in the book ” So God Made a Mother”  and more recently I have a quote in the beautiful companion journal ( you can order it here) and I am working on a yet to be named novel.  My six grandchildren keep me young and my very organized hubby Paul tolerates my very unorganized yiddle ( middle and youngest) self.  Opposites do attract 🙂

 

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